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Updated: 03/26/2014 08:00:02AM

Miners turning baseball season around

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Frostproof's Marcus Bob turns out of the way of this close pitch as Fort Meade catcher Brian Spradlin reaches for the ball during action in Fort Meade last Friday. The Bulldogs allowed just five hits, but got tagged with eight errors in falling, 17-7.

Frostproof's Juan Flores slides across home plate for one of the Bulldog's seven runs last Friday against Fort Meade.Frostproof had early leads of 2-0 and 6-3, but the Bulldog defense, however, wasn't sharp, as Frostproof fell 17-7.

Fort Meade first baseman Trey Porter stretches for a throw to try and nip Frostproof's Curt Barnes at first base. Porter had a two-run double as part of the Miner's eight-run second inning.

Cody Daniels slides hard into second to try and disrupt this double play throw from Frostproof's Juan Flores.

Frostproof's Marcus Bobb takes the throw in front of Fort Meade's Tobias Culpepper, who had a run scoring single in the Miner's big second inning in a 17-7 win. Frostproof managed just three hits, and the team's combined for 14 errors.

Chase Rowland dives back to first base as Frostproof's Bryce Smith takes the throw. Rowland's Fort Meade Miners took a 17-7 decision from the visiting Bulldogs last Friday.


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The Fort Meade Miners baseball team, once they got a taste of winning earlier this month with a 4-3 triumph over McKeel, followed that with two more wins including a 10-2 thrashing of the Lake Gibson Braves.

The Miners combined for 10 runs on eight hits highlighted by a 4-for-4 plate performance by DJ King as well as Glavin Harpe and Dan Watson silencing the Braves from the mound.

The Miners would travel to Mulberry for a makeup game and despite a late surge from the Panthers the Miners would prevail 8-5.

The Miners continued their hot streak at the plate, getting all their runs on eight hits as once again King showed off his bat going 2-for-3 with a triple and three runs batted in.

Trey Porter and Watson shut down the Panthers for five innings after a three-run opening rally. The Panthers kept up late, scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth narrowing the Miners lead to 8-5 but Devin Danforth limited the damage and clinched the win.

The following night, the Miners would host the Avon Park Red Devils as their eyes were set to avenge a 13-6 pummeling earlier this season.

The Red Devils struck first opening with a first inning run, but Harpe settled into the game as he went seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits, fanning eight.

Despite the solid effort from Harpe, the Miners would beat themselves with several base-running mistakes that would ultimately end in a 2-1 defeat.

It was a night where the Miners had plenty of chances but couldn’t cash in. They totaled five hits but they occurred at the wrong time.

In the fourth trailing by two, King laced a line drive single into left setting up a Tobias Culpepper hit by pitch. A throwing error from the Red Devil catcher advanced both runners and allowed King to race in putting the Miners on the board with the tying run at second. But a pickoff at second would kill the rally.

Following a strikeout, Cody Daniels and Connor Slay reached on back to back singles setting up King but he would ground into a fielders choice as Daniels was forced out at third. King tried to stretch it to second where he hustled and was called out ending the inning.

Last Friday, the Miners traveled to McKeel to play an afternoon game where they were victorious, 9-7 but this win would not come easily.

Danforth earned his second win on the mound as he finished going four innings giving up three runs on three hits as he retired the first nine in order.

To support Danforth, the Miners slashed six hits in the fourth plating seven runs giving the Miners a comfortable seven-run lead.

However, the Wildcats would stick around and creep back into the game going to the seventh trailing 7-5.

The Miners plated two more needed insurance runs making the score 9-5 heading into the last half of the game.

Though everything looked in great favor of the Miners, the Wildcats would tack on two late runs and with two on and two outs, Slay got a ground ball to Jacob Page for an unassisted out at first, giving Slay the save.

The Miners have been a new team since the start of the season and right now everything seems to be clicking. Last Friday, the Miners had just five hits but used eight Frostproof errors to defeat rival Frostproof, 17-7, improving to 10-7 on the season.

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